Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Democracy Now, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Code Pink, Now

Democracy Now! (Marcia: "always worth watching"):

Headlines for April 13, 2005
- Top State Dept Official Accuses Bolton Of Abusing Authority
- Al Jazeera: U.S. Bombing In Iraq Kills 20
- Rumsfeld: "We Don't Have an Exit Strategy"
- Unions Call on House to Reject Bankruptcy Bill
- Protesters Target Caterpillar For Bulldozer Sales to Israel
- NYC Teacher Threatens to Treat Haitian Students "Like Animals"
- Secret Service Visits Chicago Art Gallery Over Bush Artwork

Ex-State Dept. Intel Chief Calls Bolton "Kiss-Up, Kick-Down Sort of Guy"
On the second day of the John Bolton's confirmation hearing as UN ambassador, former State Department intelligence director Carl Ford charged that in 2002, Bolton directed an abusive tirade at analyst Christian Westermann for questioning whether Cuba was developing biological and chemical weapons. We play excerpts of the hearing and speak with former CIA analysts Ray McGovern.

New Docs Shed Light on Negroponte's Role in Honduras, Iran-Contra Affair
The confirmation hearing of John Negroponte as National Intelligence Director open in Washington. We speak with Peter Kornbluh of the National Security Archive about newly declassified documents that provide a virtual day-to-day record of Negroponte's unique tenure as ambassador to Honduras during the early 1980s and his role in the Iran-Contra affair. We also speak with Tom Barry of the International Relations Center about the direction of the intelligence community.

Anti-Castro Cuban Exile Tied to Deadly 1976 Airline Bombing Seeks Political Asylum in U.S. Luis Posada Carriles applied for political asylum Tuesday after spending the last 40 years trying to violently overthrow the Castro government. He has been tied to bombings that have killed at least 74 people and has been imprisoned in Venezuela and Panama. We talk to Cuban expert Peter Kornbluh about Posada's request and what it means for President Bush's "war on terrorism."

Check out Katrina vanden Heuvel's latest Editor's Cut entitled "Bush Targets Women's Sports:"

Coming right off of March Madness, the Bush Administration has launched its latest assault on Title IX, the law that ensures equal opportunities for men and women in schools that receive federal funds.
Recently, the Education Department issued rules that will allow colleges to use email surveys to determine interest among young women in playing sports. "Schools will be considered in compliance with Title IX legislation if survey responses suggest there is insufficient interest among women students to support a particular sport," the Washington Post
reported. Such changes to Title IX "will likely reverse the growth of women's athletics and could damage the progress made over the last three decades," NCAA President Myles Brand has said.

Lloyd e-mails wanting it noted that CodePink has a page on their web site about their actions re: John Bolton.

You'll find various links at the page. Lloyd e-mailed on Tuesday (I'm lagging behind in e-mails, my apologies to Lloyd and everyone else) asking that this link go up because, "I'm sitting here listening to so-called liberals, specifically one man, call them 'cute' in an insulting manner and suggesting that they're just not doing enough. They don't deserve that kind of crap from some so called-liberal blow hard."

Erika advises us that NOW has a request that you contact your House representative to urge them to vote against the bankruptcy bill:

For almost a decade, the credit card industry has been promoting bankruptcy reform (sic) that will neither prevent bankruptcy nor protect the consumer. Rather, the industry that passes out 2 billion solicitations for credit cards to people – including children and animals – like candy now wants to insure that it gets paid first before other debts are partially paid, such as child support. They have perpetrated a smear campaign against people filing for bankruptcy, accusing them of cheating or being lazy money managers. The real truth is that most of the people filing for bankruptcy are in economic straits due to illness and large medical bills. Many of these people are middle class but have lost their job and health insurance due to illness.

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And note that as the Un-Embed the Media Tour continues, Amy Goodman will be speaking in New York tonight:
New York, NY:
Wednesday, April 13, 7 PM
Is There a New Blacklist?

Renowned activist Tariq Ali is joined by Joseph Massad, Sara Roy, Monique Dols, and Amy Goodman, for a discussion on dissent in the United States. They will be examining the threat to intellectual freedom on university campuses and the role of national media in this debate.
The Great Hall at The Cooper Union

7 East 7th Street
New York City
Free and open to the public.No reservations needed.Contact 212-807-9680 for more information.

Co-sponsored by Verso Books and The New Press.
Book signing to follow.
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